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A cancer diagnosis can be a very stressful experience for patients as well as caregivers, friends and family. Learning to manage and decrease stress caused by cancer or everyday concerns can reduce depression, anxiety, and symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment and increase your overall sense of well-being.

Free Online Meditation Exercises

CDs and DVDs at the Cancer Resource Library

Supportive Care Programs

The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center offers a variety of programs to help patients, caregivers, and surviors manage stress that may arise from a cancer diagnosis, treatment or everyday concerns. For more information about these and many other programs, please see the Cancer Center Calendar or call (805) 879-5678.

Healing Touch Appointments
Music Therapy
Exercise Programs

Support Group

Tools for Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis

This group provides a safe place for those who are newly diagnosed with cancer to share and learn coping skills for the cancer journey. The group will discuss common issues that affect most people when they are initially diagnosed, such as shock, sharing the diagnosis or not, regaining control, dealing with a new self-image, living with uncertainty, and more.

Schedule: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, 540 W. Pueblo St., Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor
For more information, see the Cancer Center calendar.

Books at the Cancer Resource Library

Mobile Apps

undefinedBreathe2Relax by National Center for Telehealth & Technology

Available for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android

Breathe2Relax is a stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. Breathe2Relax now uses HealthKit and your Apple Watch device to measure your heart rate throughout your breathing exercise to help provide an even more complete picture of the relaxation experienced.


Oncology Social Work Services and Counseling

Cancer can involve significant psychological, social, and economic challenges for patients and their families. How and if these challenges are addressed is an important aspect of a patient’s care plan. The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center employs clinical social workers who provide emotional and practical support for patients, their families, and their friends. Oncology Social Workers can provide advocacy and referrals as well as individual and family counseling services.

Services are available at no cost and are available to anyone in our community, regardless of where they are receiving medical care. 

For more information, call (805) 879-5690.  

Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer treatment and support programs for patients and families. We are recognized for medical excellence, a strong clinical research program, and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention.

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